Tomoaki Soma, ex-CFO of GameWith, assumes the position of CFO at Tabinaka(Fun Group)
Tabinaka(Fun Group) Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Japan; CEO and President: Kenji Miki, hereafter “Tabinaka”), operating the “Tabinaka” and “Fun” businesses, a startup company providing a platform for tours and experiences, hereby announces that Tomoaki Soma has joined as its CFO (Chief Financial Officer) as of September 2019. His mandate will be to strengthen the management team, further grow existing business lines and engage in new business development.
Statement by Tomoaki Soma, Tabinaka’s(Fun Group) CFO
With middle income earnings on the rise, the range of travel options becoming increasingly accessible and governments around the world embracing tourism, the travel industry is expected to continue a high growth trajectory. The space which Tabinaka(Fun Group) occupies in this industry, catering to the demands of tourists during their holiday, is in line with the overall shift of demand from specific objects to experiences and moments, which will further drive growth for the company.
During my first trip abroad as a college student, everything I saw and experienced greatly stimulated my curiosity and the way I viewed the world. From backpacking in South East Asia, driving across North America, travelling to South America to Easter Island by boat, all these experiences and moments have enriched my life. I will contribute to the creation of new “Fun” tours and experiences all over the world, as part of Fun Group, and hope to make reaching these tourist destinations easier, all the while defining the global standard in travel.
Tomoaki was CFO of GameWith, a gaming information media company (listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange, ticker code 6652) and was responsible for strategic planning, finance, investments and investor relations. Prior to this, he has over 10 years of experience in the field of M&A at Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ and Morgan Stanley - he was involved in cross-border M&A, LBO / MBO, origination and structuring of project finance deals. At Morgan Stanley, he belonged to the private equity group in its New York headquarters, structuring various funds and investments. Joined Tabinaka(Fun Group) in September 2019.
- Kenji Miki, CEO and President
- Shu Konno, COO / Director
- Tomoaki Soma, CFO / Officer
- Kohei Chikamori, Officer in charge of strategic planning
Our company operates tours and experiences from 8 locations both domestically and internationally, operating 24h throughout the year. We are supported by our group companies that total 500 members, all working towards our mission statement of “Making travel more fun”.
The latest statistics on world tourism released by UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) indicates that the number of international tourists around the world has exceeded 1.4 billion last year and is expected to reach 1.8 billion in 2030. Meanwhile, services provided in cities related to sightseeing may not yet the expectations of travellers’.
Tabinaka(Fun Group), a startup company providing a platform for tours and experiences, will define and set the standard for quality of service that modern day travellers expect. It will continue to expand its presence and operations through M&A and franchising, investment into its own vehicles/boats and develop proprietary systems to build a significant inventory capacity totalling over a million.
- Company name: Tabinaka Inc. (Fun Group inc.)
- Location: 5-19-10 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, WILL HAGIYA BUILDING 3F 4F, 150-0012
- Established: January 2014
- Representative Director: Kenji Miki
- Website: https://fungroup.inc/
- Registration number: Tokyo Governor's Registered Travel Agency No. 3-7596 Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Regular Members
Inquiries regarding this matter
Fun Group Inc.
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